Construction to begin at Lutheran Church of the Cross

Kindergarteners Rory Proietto, left, and Andrew Beegan adjust their hard hats and compare heights at the groundbreaking ceremony last week.. Andrew declared himself the winner.

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Kindergarteners Rory Proietto, left, and Andrew Beegan adjust their hard hats and compare heights at the groundbreaking ceremony last week.. Andrew declared himself the winner.

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Next school year will bring an expansion to Lutheran Church of the Cross Day School.

With work on a new $2.5 million multipurpose facility, to include classrooms, gymnasium and a kitchen, soon to begin, the school assembled students in hard hats last week for a formal groundbreaking ceremony.

A $1.5 million fundraising campaign has raised more than $500,000 so far, enough to get bank financing for the project at "a very favorable interest rate," head of school Holly Carlson said.

"It's the very first time we've done a capital campaign. It was a pretty aggressive goal," she said.

The school at 4400 Chancellor St. NE also is getting "probably $100,000" in in-kind services from its contractor and construction manager, Carlson said.

The new 16,950-square-foot facility will be built on the site of a former shopping center. The buildings, which had been used for classrooms and storage, will be demolished in coming weeks. A section of the site will be used for parking. The adjacent convenience store will remain open.

Three portable classrooms have been brought in and the car line for pick-up and drop-off will be rerouted for the project, Carlson said.

Construction is expected to be complete by mid July, in time for the new school year. The school has 455 students in prekindergarten through eighth grade.

Waveney Ann Moore can be reached at wmoore@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2283.

Construction to begin at Lutheran Church of the Cross 03/05/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 4:37pm]

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